Male Tree Swallow in morning light

Male Tree SwallowMale Tree Swallow – Nikon D300, f5.6, 1/1600, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

This male Tree Swallow was perched on a fence post in western Montana last week when I photographed him while the morning light lit him up beautifully. The blue in the background isn’t sky or water it is simply a portion of the distant mountains that were still shaded by the peaks high overhead. The swallows in many of the areas that I traveled to were very busy with nesting activity, I saw quite a few scuffling with bluebirds for nest boxes and bringing in nesting material.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. These metallic blues are very impressive.

  2. what a nice reflexion on the feathers, wonderfull =)))

  3. Jane Chesebrough

    Having taken a few photos myself of these birds, I am impressed by the colours that reflect off their wings. Great shot!The light is right on!

  4. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous! I had no idea they looked like that! Tks for sharing.

  5. Wow — this a really beautiful photograph of this lovely bird, Mia. I love the iridescence of his blue feathers.

  6. Brilliant image, so colourful.

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